News Roundup - Sun, Aug 28, 2016

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News Roundup - Sun, Aug 28, 2016

August 28, 2016 - 17:44
Written by: AbdulkaderAssad

Last Updated: 10:00

First flight of hajjis has taken off from Tripoli’s Mitiga Airport to Saudi Arabia earlier today. The media spokesman of the Libyan haj groups said the number of flights will mount to 10, with 2 flights a week and with each flight having 250 hajjis on board, pointing out that those 10 flights from Mitiga Airport are for hajjis from the west and south only as those of the east will fly from Labreg Airport.

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Tathouna Municipality announced investment projects that are being studied to be implemented with foreign firms. The municipality said on Facebook that the mayor, Ayad Al-Bay and other municipal members met Sunday with foreign investment firms to discuss some of the projects in the municipality. 

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Media sources close to Al-Bunyan Al-Marsoos forces confirmed that they seized 80% of the residential area 1 after today’s clashes, adding that they also captured 70% of the residential area 3 as IS militants’ resistance crumbled and made them resort to booby-trapped cars, using 2 of them. The sources explained that some of car bombs exploded while the Misrata-led forces were advancing, and others were exploded off target. 32 fighters from Al-Bunyan Al-MArsoos were killed, and over 200 injured. 

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The spokesman of the Misrata Central Hospital, Akram Gliwan, said the number of deaths for Al-Bunyan AL-Marsoos operation since its start in May has risen to 450 fighters so far, adding that the hospital has hospitalized over 2,100 injured fighters up until August 27.

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Saraya Media Center, the media arm of the Benghazi Shura Council, said Saturday that many houses collapsed while people are inside when Dignity Operation airstrikes targeted Ganfouda neighborhood in western Benghazi.

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The Chief of Staff of the Tobruk-based House of Representatives, Abdelraziq Al-Nathori, has unveiled that their forces are contacting Egypt for the security of Libya's eastern borders, a step that shows the influence of Egypt's Sisi on Dignity Operation.  

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Tripoli-based Special Deterrent Force (SDF) said it raided a drug hub for the most dangerous drug dealer in Gargaresh, Tripoli. The SDF said the raid came one week after they arrested the drug dealer, pointing out that his brother resisted by firing at their forces along with other drug dealers. In the end, the hub was under control and the drugs and alcohols were confiscated, added the SDF.   

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The commander of the so-called Omar Al-Mukhtar operations chamber, which is besieging Derna currently, warned all the fishing boats of fishing along the shores extending from Al-Tamimi beach to Al-Hamam beach westward. He said all those who violate the orders will be in danger and a target of the Khalifa Haftar’s air force.  

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State of Emergency has been put on at Al-Sharara oil field and the southern region over the last few hours, as fear of having some IS militants infiltrating from Sirte into those areas mounted. These fears come to the surface despite the statement of the spokesman of Sirte liberation operations room, who denied that IS militants had fled the city. 

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